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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Election Song
WHILE some on rights, and some on wrongs,
  Prefer their own reflections,
The people’s right demands our songs—
  The right of free elections.
For government and order’s sake,        5
  And law’s important sections,
We should support, and pleasure take
  In frequent free elections.
Our agricultural interest, marts,
  And mercantile connections,        10
With manufactures, science, arts,
  Must thrive by free elections.
To thwart the schemes of factious bands,
  Who for us plan subjections,
The cause of liberty demands        15
  Our votes at all elections.
Should enemies beset us round,
  Of foreign, fierce complexions;
Undaunted we will stand our ground,
  Upheld by free elections.        20
We’ll never from our duty swerve,
  Let who will make objections;
But while we live, unchanged preserve
  The freedom of elections.

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